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Damanhur Opera House Commemorates Legacy of Sayed Darwish

Mon 18 Sep 2023 | 08:41 PM
Ahmed Emam

A concert in commemoration of the 100th death anniversary of the legendary musician and singer Sayed Darwish was held on Sunday night at the Damanhur Opera House.

Under the direction of Dr. Huda Hosni, a group of students of Egypt's Talent Development Center performed a selection of Darwish's remarkable songs and iconic pieces, reminding people of the legacy and spirit of the late singers.

The concerts included pieces like 'Aho Da Elsar ', 'Ana Hwait', 'Bilady', ' Zourouni Kooli Sanah Marah', and 'Salama Y Salma'.

Born on March 17, 1892, the so-called People Artist is touted as one of the greatest Egyptian vocalists and composers of all time.

The legendary musician contributed to the Arab classical music field for many decades and impacted the realization and formation of Arab modern music, despite his early death.

The late musician, who hailed from Alexandria, is popularly known for his stunning renditions of patriotic songs in the Arabic language.

Moreover, he composed the famous Egyptian national anthem, “Biladi Biladi”, and the revolutionist “Oom Ya Masry” (Get up Egyptian), which played a great role in the revolution of 1919.

Inspired by Salama Higazy, he was drawn to music very early in his life, being a musician in domestic cafes.

In the 1920s and 1930s, he collaborated with renowned actor Ali al-Kassar in many theaters in Cairo, where his voice was recognized by thousands of Egyptians as well as Arab people.

Darwish's powerful voice and skillful grasp of technique set him apart from other musicians as he became a legendary figure in the years that came.

He also contributed to Egyptian cinema as he worked with legendary artists such as Naguib al-Rihani.

To honor his legacy, the Alexandria Opera House, inaugurated in 1921 during the reign of King Fuad I, was named after him.

He passed away in 1923, leaving behind a great legacy for several generations.